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The attacker scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season as the Blues beat title rivals Liverpool, and he says he is benefiting from the Portuguese's tutelage

Eden Hazard is enjoying playing under Jose Mourinho and feels the Chelsea manager's "provocative mind games" is aiding his output.

Hazard has featured in all but one of Chelsea’s opening 19 Premier League games, with the third-placed Stamford Bridge outfit ending 2013 two points off the top.

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Mourinho returned for his second spell as Chelsea manager in June and the Belgium attacker feels his game is going from strength to strength after a somewhat disappointing second half of last season.

"I think Jose Mourinho likes me. He’s sometimes provocative, he loves to play mind games. He launches things to motivate players in a positive way," Hazard told the Daily Telegraph.

"What people don’t know is that he’s close to his players. He leaves me alone, lets me work and when he has something to say, he tells you to your face but always with a friendly pat on the back. He’s a top coach a great personality."

Hazard has scored eight league goals for Chelsea this season, including a fine curling effort against Liverpool on Sunday - and the attacker was delighted to notch against fellow title rivals.

"Unfortunately the goal did not count double because it was in a big match," said Hazard. "But I silence those who said I only score against weaker opponents. That gives me pleasure.

"I try to score in every match. I don’t set myself a target for the season, but my aim is to get goals and
assists, and the most important thing is the three points.

"In football, statistics are really important. I score more goals now and I assist more.

"I can play an average game and score two times. But I can also play a top game without contributing. I am a perfectionist, but I’m not a killer yet. I’m working on it."